Describing a Shopping Center

What is a shopping center?

A shopping center, shopping mall, shopping precinct, shopping arcade or simply mall is defined as one or more buildings that form a complex of shops that represent merchandisers, having interconnecting walkways that enable visitors to walk easily between different units, along with a parking area. Therefore it can be simply defined as an indoor modern version of a traditional marketplace.

The term “shopping center” is mostly used in Europe, South America and Australia. In Hong Kong the frequently used term is the same, but might also contain words like “plaza”. However, in North America and the Philippines, the common term used is “shopping mall”. There are places where other terms are used to basically describe the same thing, such as “shopping arcade” or “shopping precinct”.

How did the shopping center appear?

Shopping centers corresponded with the suburban living rise in many of the Western World parts after World War II, especially United States. Modern strip malls have developed from the 1920s. The design had a tendency to be inward facing from early on, where malls would follow theories of how could customers be attracted in a controlled environment. Similarly, the concept of having one or more big stores in a mall was pioneered early, considering that other smaller scale chain stores or individual stores would benefit from the shoppers that were attracted by the big stores.

Shopping center types

There are some different types of centers, based on how large they are and where they are placed.

1. Regional – a regional mall is a shopping mall designed to service a large area (15 miles), larger than a conventional mall. Therefore, it can vary between 400,000 square feet to 800,000 square feet. It also has at least two big stores, and has to offer a wide selection of stores. The tendency of those malls s to have higher-end stores, which need a larger area to have profitable services, and may also have discount department stores. In vacation areas, these malls are usually tourist attractions.

2. Super regional – this is a shopping mall with more than 800,000 square feet of gross leasable area, probably 3 or more big stores, more variety, mass merchant, and fashion apparel. This type of mall usually is the dominant shopping venue in the region where it is located.

3. Outlet – this is a type of shopping center where manufacturers can sell their products through their own stores directly to the public. Some stores may be operated by retailers, mostly selling discontinued products or returned goods, and therefore having a heavily reduced price.

Components of a shopping center

1. Food court – typically consists of several fast food vendors that surround a shared seating area.

2. Department stores – these exist to draw retail traffic, resulting in people visiting the smaller stores as well. Physically, those anchor stores are located as far as possible from each other, in order to maximize the traffic amount between them.

3. Stand-alone stores – consist of satellite buildings, usually located on the same tract of land or nearby. Those stores may or may not be in a legal connection with the central facility through ownerships or contracts. They may use common parking lots or have their own ones. However, those stores and the shopping center are usually perceived as one single unit.

Regardless of how they are, today we could hardly imagine our world without shopping centers.

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Build a Speed Reading Framework For Shopping Efficiency

If you know what to look for and where you can find it, then you’ve built yourself a speed reading framework. This knowledge can help you develop a number of highly useful skills for a variety of situations. One of the most common ones is in shopping for food at the grocery stores.

As you may be aware, a speed reading framework can make it easier to acquire and analyze all kinds of written information. For example, if your plans include buying a home, your speed reading framework will make it much easier to asses many different issues. This includes your mortgage contract, as well as various insurance plans that will be needed as part of the purchase.

Aside from this, having a viable speed reading framework can also help when additional research is required. Among other things, you may want to shop for a lower rate mortgage, as well as find out how much it will cost to make various changes to the property. That said, if you want to build a good speed reading framework, you will need to take some classes.

When you don’t have time to attend formal classes, you can always take lessons online. In particular, if you are looking to create one of these, simply purchase software to help you along. Aside from teaching how to read and comprehend as quickly as possible, you will develop the kind of analytic mind required during the process of purchasing a home, a car, or even produce in the supermarket. You may even be surprised to find that having a speed reading framework will make it much easier to avoid all kinds of hazardous buying decisions.

Work can be used in all kinds of shopping situations. These include:

o Assessing meat, dairy, and egg products to make sure they do not contain hormones and antibiotics.

o Preventing mortgage brokers from creating a loan that is not affordable.

o Enable avoidance of high cost credit cards and car loans.

o Protect your financial future and personal health with wise buying decisions.

o See through sales gimmicks frequently used when selling personal care and hygiene products.

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Retailing and Mall Shopping Ain’t What It Used To Be

The US retail sector may be post peak, and with the changing demographics and online sales competition, the once popular shopping mall and Department Store may become much like the once dominant species of our pale blue dot. Like the dinosaurs, the department store model looks like it will soon be ancient history. Let’s talk, as there is more evidence than not to back up this prediction.

The Kansas City Business Journal had a piece titled: “Study: Department stores must prune mall space to bloom again,” published on April 25, 2016 which stated: “A real estate research firm says department stores must close hundreds of sites – about 20 percent of all anchor space – in U.S. malls to regain their productivity of a decade ago, The Wall Street Journal reports. For example, Sears Holdings Corp. should shutter 300 stores, or 43 percent of its total, to achieve the sales per square foot it had in 2006, according to the study by Green Street Advisors. This is so even though Sears and other retailers have closed hundreds of stores in recent years with the rise of online sales and discounters.

Meanwhile, The Louisville Business Journal had a telling article recently titled: “Major retailer plans to close all of its Louisville-area stores except one,” published on April 22, 2016, which stated: “Kmart is planning to close all but one of its stores in the Louisville area this summer. The retail chain’s parent company, Sears Holding Corp., announced Thursday that a total of 78 Kmart and Sears stores will be closing, and that number includes four Louisville-area Kmart stores, WDRB TV reports.”

And, what exactly was that Wall Street Journal piece saying in addition to all this? Well, read it for yourself; “Glut Plagues Department Stores,” by Suzanne Kapner – and the recommendation from the research firm that in the US there needs to be at least the closure of 800 anchor tenant department stores for profitability to stabilize, that would be about one-fifth of all major department stores. Can you say; Ouch!? For the Retail Sector, I think this is what all retail stock fund managers are collectively saying about now, and one would have to ask; why? Why is this happening?

Well, consider the exuberant growth over the years, and the increase in online sales, expansion of Wal-Mart superstores and the spendable income of Americans declining – due to college tuition costs, health insurance, and the increased costs of things once not heard of, but now necessities of modern life such as: smart phones, cable TV, etc. Wages and Salaries on average have been stagnant and alongside even moderate to nil inflation flat in their growth. The world is changing and the retail world must adapt or die – there is no longer a choice in the matter. Please think on this.

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Traditional Vs Online Shopping

Shopping is shopping, right? Well, not necessarily. At one time, the only way to shop was to leave your home and visit a store. Nowadays, the Internet has revolutionized the way in which we spend money. But how does it add up compared to traditional shopping?

Well, we need to weigh them both to see how they compare to one another.

Traditional shopping

In traditional shopping, you simply take a ride in your car to your favorite shopping center or store and you buy what you want or need. You can pay with cash or credit card. In some instances you can pay with a check. You do get the opportunity to see the product before you purchase it and you can keep an eye on your credit card if you decide to pay with that method.

All of this seems rather great, doesn’t it? However, there are always cons to the pros when it comes to anything and everything.

The cons that you may run into when it comes to traditional shopping is that the store you are shopping at may not accept your payment method. There is also the fact that they may not have what you want. You may even find that the item they have is more expensive than what you want to pay. You may know that another store carries it, but they are out of it because they sell it at a cheaper price.

Yes, there are instances in which you must shop the traditional way. For example, you may need an item right now, which is true of grocery shopping. When you need milk or you need formula for the baby, you have to be able to go to the store and get those things immediately.

Online shopping

When it comes to online shopping, you don’t have to leave your home at all. You simply sit down at your computer, browse around the various online stores, and find what it is you need. However, there is usually only one way to pay. You can only pay via credit card. There are some websites that allow you to use your PayPal account or they will permit you to send them a check before they send you the item. The check method doesn’t work so well when you need the item right now.

As for the cons, you are not able to keep an eye on your credit card number like you can with an in-person transaction. You can, however, ensure that you are doing business with a secure site by looking in the address bar and seeing if there is an https:// present. You can also read website reviews to make sure a site is secure. You also do not get the opportunity to see the item right in front of you before you buy.

However, the advantages continue because, if you can’t find an item at one store, you can always find it at another. There really isn’t much that you can’t find on the Internet. You may not want to grocery shop online, but gifts, clothes, and many other items can be purchased and shipped right to your door. If you don’t like them when you get them, you can always ensure you’re doing business with a company with a good return policy.

So which seems better to you? Do you prefer the traditional way or the online way? It is a personal preference when it comes down to it. Really, all you need to do is shop the way you feel comfortable, but know that you are going to find some great deals online that you may not be able to offline.

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Online Shopping

So you are in a hurry! Your “To Do” list is through the roof… and you don’t know which way to turn.

Many retailers now have an online presence on the web, and it’s an online store. This is, according to the majority, is the way to go and many retailers would be very happy to see this as the only way to go. Online shopping is definitely growing in leaps and bounds, In the USA alone many main street retailers have closed hundreds of branches, due entirely to online purchasing.

This is where online shopping becomes a viable proposition… or does it?

The Pro’s

1. Save time… logically buying from your home (or the office) is a massive time saver

2. Specials… Most retailers (especially in the Groceries) offer online customers special prices

3. Reduce impulse buying. The old maxim of purchasing groceries after a meal, not before still applies but overall impulse buying online is diminished

4. Prices can easily and quickly be checked with other online retailers. (or use the software available to do this for you)

5. The phenomena of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is now going worldwide and may be a great idea to get that special item at ridiculously low prices. As online purchasing takes centre stage we should see coupons, promotions and more become readily available from the online retailer.

Delivery costs could be both good and bad. It is important to factor the cost of delivery in when purchasing online, especially, once again, groceries. The cost of fuel is also a factor; this of course works both ways. Before you buy anything you should do some comparative shopping. Take a photo on your cell phone, enter the price and compare the cost of the identical article online.

The Con’s

1. Goods purchased online tend to be more expensive, this may not be in every case but the ability to get a discount online is distinctly a no-no. This is where comparison may make the difference. It is also good to check for any hidden costs.

2. You lose the opportunity to pick your own items, e.g. fresh vegetables and fruit, feel the texture and try on the item. Sizes may vary from shop to shop, (it is well known that Chinese sizes are very small), colours may not be exactly as per the image and of course you cannot try the item on.

3. In most cases the more you buy the cheaper the delivery charge, but in all probability you will still have to visit the supermarket fairly frequently to buy fresh items, bread, milk etc. This of course raises the question of impulse buying and the cost of the trip.

4. Time is also a factor, how long does it take to get a delivery.

There is of course by now thousands and thousands of online shopping sites on the world wide web. What is interesting is the wide range of pricing for what “appears” to be the same item plus of course “shipping” that is either in the small print (seems the more the retailer charges for shipping – the smaller the print) or “free” shipping… really!!

This article is not a definitive work on all the good and bad of online shopping, it is designed to make you think. Now you are probably confused but it all boils down to:

a. Cost saving

b. Time saving

If you are one of the very fortunate and can achieve both you have got it made. For other mere mortals a compromise will need to be made but as this phenomena is on the rise we have very little choice but eventually go with the flow.

Good Luck.

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Banggood App 5.20.0 Brings You to The New Shopping Experience

Banggood app is one of the top shopping apps specialized in providing online shopping service for you. Here comes good news. It upgraded to 5.20.0 version, which is believed to offer us a more convenient shopping experience. Now, let me show you what new functions are given to this shopping app.

Group Buy Function Make You Save More

The first new function that you may be crazy about is that it added money off activities, which mean that a complete new promotion activity will be available for you. So you can buy more without spending too much money in a new way. In addition to coupons, flash deal, the app only and other inherent promotion activities, it also provides you with the Group Buy function. That is to say, you can buy a product at a discounted price by starting a group. Once there are 2 participants in your group, you can unlock the discounted price. But only new users can be invented to join the group. More detailed information about the usage rules, you can go and check the Banggood app.

Bug Fix and Performance Improvements Promise You a Fluent and Secure Shopping Environment

The second new upgrade added to the Banggood is bug fixes and performance improvements, which guarantees you a fluent and secure shopping environment. Once there is a bug when you are shopping with the app, it can fix the bug quickly, keeping you away from the app flashback and other unpleasant experience that you often suffer in using other shopping apps.

Let’s Enjoy a New Shopping With Banggood

Apart from these two amazing upgrades, Banggood is inherent with a variety of wonderful features and functions which includes Smart sale notification, Smart recommending mechanism, Free shipping, and multi-payment methods, App only, coupon center and so on. All of them combined offer you a new app for you, promising you a completely new shopping experience with Banggood.

Bottom line

From what I mentioned above, Banggood App 5.20.0 can provide you with a more convenient and valuable shopping service. If you have been the user of the app, please quick upgrade it to the 5.20.0 version and enjoy the new experience brought by the new function. If you are not the user yet, just download it at Google Play or App store. Once you become the user of the Banggood app, you can get 10% off coupon. So just have a try now.

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Online Shopping Making Your Life Easy

You have to admit that there are a certain very enjoyable benefits that we have got to experience with the advent of online shopping. It is because of these benefits and advantages there are more and more people now a day’s opting for this method of shopping because of its easy methods and also the vast variety.

The internet has gotten a really nice makeover in terms of this new and easy technique of buying whatever they want and that too much quicker and has given us a lot of perks to enjoy while doing so in the comfort of our home. There is no need to go out and get tired of searching and deciding and shopping. You can just relax at home and swipe through the sites and order whatever you wish to in a few simple steps.

Let us now see some of the most common benefits to be enjoyed from this online shopping:

• THE MATTER OF CONVENIENCE

Obviously the convenience is the greatest advantage. There is absolutely no restriction of timing in this recent trend unlike the time you usually spend deciding in stores. You can shop whenever you want be it early in the morning or midnight. You can place your order as you please. There are no long queues to wait for payments or any kind of shop assistants to help with your purchase; you can shop in minutes here.

• BETTER PRODUCTS IN BETTER PRICES

Now as this way of purchasing whatever you wish to buy has become a very common thing you can see that they have much better deals associated with much better products and the prices are worth it. There are a lot of online shops that provide you with a lot of discount coupons as well that makes shopping even more exciting and fun. Other than this there is only the need of collecting a sales tax for these particular shops which happen to have a physical location.

• SENDING OF GIFTS HAVE BECOME MUCH EASIER

Now it does not matter where you are at what time, sending gifts to people living far away has become very easy and convenient because of these online shopping facilities. Now there is no need of making any sort of excuses for not being able to send gifts to your loved ones, because this new technique has made it possible to do so without any difficulty.

• MUCH FEWER EXPENSES TO SPEND

Usually, when you opt for the conventional mode of shopping we are bound to end up spending way more than we have planned to do. There are a lot of things that we need to think about like transport and eating and other stuff. But as far as the generation of internet has made it possible to make use of this new method of shopping, such expenses need not be considered at all. It is just the shopping that you need to do at your own comfortable space as per your own wish and time and then you can relax.

• THE ENDLESS VARIETIES LAID OUT FOR YOU

There are some exceptional choices made available to you here. The varieties of options made available no matter in which department you want to shop in is amazing. The collection in this new method of shopping is new and different and the varieties always match with everyone’s taste. There are innumerable numbers of brands present as well as the latest international trends. Be it color or sizes or designs or patterns- there are a variety of options for every style and it is simply amazing.

You can very well see how much more convenient this online shopping is when compared with the conventional mode of shopping. So what are you waiting for? It is clearly the greatest use of technology ever!

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Rakhi Shopping – 4 Essentials To Buy

The festival of Raksha Bandhan comes once in a year and proves to be quite an overwhelming occasion. There are a number of things that you need to keep in mind while preparing for the celebrations of this particular festival. It is not always just about the rakhi and the gifts.

You need to buy some other essential things that would help you to prepare well for the Raksha Bandhan eve. So if you are willing to celebrate this festival in an auspicious manner at home, here is a list of handpicked items that you must procure before the celebrations begin.

Purchase The Items For Your Raksha Bandhan Thali

It is really important to remember that the festival is not only about tying the rakhi and exchanging gifts. The occasion is to conduct auspicious rituals for your siblings and appreciate the bond that you share with them. As a sister, it would be your first duty to ensemble the items that are necessary for the preparation of the Raksha Bandhan thali.

This particular thali would comprise of the lamp, tilak, sweets, rice and most importantly the rakhi itself. You can procure all the items from any online rakhi store and prepare thali yourself. In fact, you would also get completely prepared thali in different online shops.

Rakhi – The Centre Of Attraction

Now the festival of Raksha Bandhan is literally incomplete without the purchase of rakhis for your brothers. You can browse the huge list of rakhi options in the online Rakhi stores and opt for the ones you like the most.

There are different options and categories aligned for you to have a look. Just make sure that you start your rakhi shopping online a few days before the festival. This would provide you with ample time to assemble all the essential items together on the Raksha Bandhan eve.

Procure The Rakhi Gifts For Your Siblings

One of the most difficult decisions to make here is the selection of Rakhi gifts for your siblings. It is obvious that every sibling would have a different taste and requirement. You need to purchase the gifts in accordance with their preference and your budget. Try to opt for rakhi shopping online so that you can make the most of the discounts and offers that are presented during this period. The online stores would also help you to send Rakhi to India from USA with their quick and easy online delivery facility. Such an opportunity would make sure that you send all your love and warm wishes to your siblings who live miles away from you.

Sweets, Chocolates, And Cakes For The Celebration

Each and every celebration is incomplete without something sweet in the plate. On this Raksha Bandhan, get the most delicious sweets, chocolates, and cakes from the online Rakhi stores and enjoy the eve with your entire family.

You can send Rakhi to India from USA and also add a box of sweets or chocolates along with the rakhi. This would definitely be a great gesture for your siblings who would not get to celebrate the special day with you and your family.

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Tips On Online Wig Shopping

Online shopping is one of the most trending activities these days with almost everything available in many online stores. This has simplified shopping with all that you need is to connect with the seller and place your order. Wigs are among the most bought items by women online these days and we need to learn some tips on how well to online shop for these wigs to avoid being shortchanged on things like quality and preference.

Much like any other body item that is personal, selection of a wig is more of a personal matter. You need a wig that will make you look perfect and one that would never embarrass you in public. A wig should be at best be like your natural hair only with some slight improvements. With online shopping, few are the times you will get a sample sent first for you to try out before the actual item is sent. This, therefore, mean that you must be accurate in your order and be as thorough as possible to avoid getting something that you would only wear rarely because it doesn’t make you feel good.

Tips on online wig shopping

Learn about the available types of wigs like sizes, there are three common types, the petite, the average and the large type. This applies to both human hair and synthetic wigs.

Know which one fits you best and the one that will bring the best outlook for you. This you can experiment with your own hair or locally available wigs from your hairdresser to be sure. There are different types like the front lace wigs, full lace wigs, and many others, they all fit in differently with some giving an allowance of blending with your own hair. To be right the wig must completely fit you well.

Also, wigs come in different color shades, like shiny blond, kinky, ebony and others, only the color that complements your skin tone will give you that perfect look. This can be done by trying out the different colors available around and getting to see how they make you feel and appear. Go for what gives you a hundred percent dazzling looks.

As discussed above wigs can be made of real human or synthetic hair, they both differ in prices with human hair being the best but a bit pricier as compared to others. Make your selection with your budget in mind to avoid spending a lot of money on a wig that you do not need that much.

Research on the available means by which the wigs are fixed on the head, there are those that use hair adhesive while other come attached to a cap that is knitted on your scalp. This choice can be dictated by factors like whether one is allergic to the adhesive or how firmly they want the wig to fit.

You also need to know about your head size and the right about of hair that your hair needs. This brings about the different hair wig densities available in the market and only your hairdresser can advise you accordingly.

Lastly research on the available genuine online boutiques, this will ensure that you get everything delivered at the right time and just as you ordered it. Fraudsters are there and they will lure you in with insanely cheap prices but on delivery, you will find that they scammed you. Be cautious and only shop from trusted stores that have a history of genuine dealings.

Conclusion

Online shopping for wigs can be a fun thing, consult your hairdresser to get all the right details regarding the hair types and which wig will look great on you.

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5 Things to Know Before Shopping Personalized Leather Bracelets for Women

The engraved leather bracelets make an ideal gift for someone special in your life. They are the casual style of jewelry that looks cool on almost anyone. You can order these custom bracelets from any online gift store. So, lets check out the vital things to know before buying online personalized leather bracelets for women.

1. Eye-Catching and Multifunctional Piece

No matter which style and design you pick and how you decide to wear it, a leather bracelet is a versatile accessory goes with every outfit. At present, the fashionable leather engraved bracelets are enjoying popularity in a variety of styles, including ID Wristbands, charm bracelets, and more. A decade after decade they remain in style. You can pick wrist cuffs or slender strip bracelets secured by buckles, snaps, or a lot of other jewelry clasps.

2. Broad Color Choices

In the old times, the choices for the leather bracelets for women are limited to the shades of black and brown. But now you can find them in a rainbow of colors. While the men may still prefer the primary colors, the teenagers and women love sport leather wristbands in shades from blue to green, pink to orange tones.

3. Advanced Methods

The traditional technique of adorning leather by hammering it using metal or wood die is fast becoming the best thing of past. At present, you will find the leather bracelets engraved using the high tech way, i.e., laser etching. This method offers the engraver to create a more tailored design as per the requirement freely.

4. Engrave Almost Anything

Yes, you are not limited to just having words carved on the leather. The popular choices at the best online gift store include your full name, your lover’s name, only your initials, short & meaningful phrase, your school name, best friend’s name, your crew’s name, or a set of BFF bracelets engraved with both of your names.

Plus, you can also go for the logos and pictures in the space allowed as long as the engraver can handle your demand. For this, you need to discuss this before you make your purchase for engraved leather bracelets for women so that you won’t be disappointed by limitations later.

5. Look for the Correct Size

Few personalized leather bracelets manufacturers provide the adjustable sizing. So, you must measure your wrist to identify out the current size you will require for a bracelet. The way to accomplish this is t by wrapping a flexible tape around your wrist at the exact point you want your band to rest and then measure it. Few people usually prefer a tight fitting at the smallest point above wrist bones and other love their leather to lie below the wrist bones just above the hand.

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